PictureThe 22-year Nigerian Victor Boniface, with a brace for Union Saint-Gilloise vs Union Berlin (3-3), became the 1st player to score 10 European goals this season. He firstly made 5 at Bodø/Glimt and then added as many in his current club.

Statistics on Europa League round of 16 (March 9)

*Jose Mourinho, with his Roma’s win over Real Sociedad (2-0), prolonged his personal positive series in European competitions facing this rival: 7 wins and 1 draw in 8 official matches against the San Sebastian club.

*Manchester United (4-1 vs Betis) achieved their 31st win in all competitions this season; all other teams from Europe's big five leagues are well down (the next in this ranking are Barcelona, Napoli, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, 27 wins for each).

*A bit surprising, Manchester United fielded the same starting lineup as in previous 0-7 disaster against Liverpool. They put two identical lineups in 2 consecutive games for the first time since September 2022.

*It was 15th consecutive home Manchester United’s game with scoring at least 2 goals: their first such series in XXI century. The last similar came in 2000 (from March to October). 

*Marcus Rashford has scored 18 goals in 22 games since returning from the World Cup: the fittest scorer in European football in the last 3 months.

*Rashford is the first player in the world football to reach 15 top level goals in this calendar year.

*Rashford has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season. Only Erling Haaland (33) and Kylian Mbappé (30) produced more among the players from Europe's big 5 leagues.